Matt Lauer has reportedly agreed to pay his wife, Annette Roque, $20 million in a divorce payout, Page Six reports.
The former Today Show anchor is reportedly “bending over backwards” to give Roque anything she wants in their divorce.
The news outlet reports that divorce proceedings are going smoothly because the couple had already signed a “postnup” agreement after Lauer persuaded Roque to drop previous divorce filings in 2006. At the time, Roque cited “mental abuse, extreme mental and emotional distress, humiliation, torment and anxiety,” after reportedly learning that Lauer had not been faithful.
“Matt agreed to pay Annette a lump sum of millions back in 2006 as an incentive to stay with him to help him maintain his squeaky clean image as ‘America’s Dad,’” a source told Page Six, adding that Roque “also got an allowance every year, plus it was agreed that she would get a share of the value of all their homes if they did split.”
However, the question remains — who will get the estate in the divorce — as they both love it and it’s Lauer’s “dream home.” It is set on a massive 6.3 acres on the peninsula of North Haven near Sag Harbor.
While Lauer has spent the past nine months working on his relationship with his kids, and friends say he is a “devoted dad,” he still feels resentment about his sacking.
The source said: “Matt still maintains the relationships he had in the workplace were consensual. He does feel like the poster boy of the #MeToo movement when he sees other high powered men hanging on to their jobs despite allegations.”
Lauer and Roque, who have been married for 20 years, are believed to have agreed to share custody of their three children (Jack, 17, Romy, 14, and Thijs, 11).